Senators Win 4-3 (OT) Over Flames

Check out the highlights

http://video.thescore.com/watch/ott-4-cgy-3-ot

This game didn’t take too long to get started. Just 23 seconds into the game, Rene Bourque’s attempted pass deflected off Kyle Turris’ skate and through the legs of Alex Auld to put the Flames ahead 1-0.  Then, just over 6 minutes later, Curtis Glencross quickly shelfed a Jay Bouwmeester pass on the power-play and the visiting squad was up 2-0.  The Senators kept fighting and were dominating play, but just couldn’t beat rookie Leland Irving.  And to make matters worse, a relatively weak shot from Chris Butler eluded Alex Auld with just over a minute to go in the period and the Sens were down 3-0 after one.

http://video.thescore.com/watch/konopka-takes-skate-to-face

So, Coach Paul MacLean had no choice.  Alex Auld was pulled and Craig Anderson was brought in to try and create some momentum.  And some momentum was created.  First, Nick Foligno took a sweet pass from Sergei Gonchar and drove to the net.  After a quick deke, the puck snuck over the line and the lead was cut to 2.  Then, Zack Smith grabbed a loose puck, skated down the wing and snapped one by Irving to bring the Sens within one going into the final frame. 

The swing in momentum continued as Erik Karlsson would literally tie the game by himself in the third period.  Karlsson would grab his own rebound, spin around from behind the net and deposit the puck into the empty cage to even the score and send this game into overtime. 

Cue the dramatics.  On a race to get to the puck in the Senators zone, Rene Bourque would grab Erik Karlsson in order to advance himself.  In a relatively rare occurrence, the referees deemed it enough to warrant a penalty and the Senators were granted a 4 on 3 powerplay in overtime.  1:11 into the penalty, Daniel Alfredsson one-timed a pass from Erik Karlsson and the Senators completed the comeback with a 4-3 victory.

http://video.thescore.com/watch/alfredsson-scores-his-400th

The goal was Alfredsson’s 400th of his NHL career and couldn’t have come at a better time for this club.  Alfredsson became the 86th player to record 400 goals in his career and did so in his 1,088 game.  He is also the 12th European-trained player to score 400 goals.

Craig Anderson made 17 saves in relief and picked up his 16th win of the season.  Erik Karlsson was named the second star, recording 1 goal and 1 assist.

Here’s Daniel Alfredsson & Erik Karlsson on the captain scoring his 400th NHL goal.

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Find out more at www.NHL.com and www.OttawaSenators.com

Paul MacLean (audio)

http://senators.nhl.com/v2/ext/Audio/111230_MacLean_post.mp3

Rene Bourque on the club’s response to the Senators pressure and the penalty call in overtime.

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Find out more at www.NHL.com and www.CalgaryFlames.com

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